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Chateau de La Brede - Montesquieu
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in La Brede
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: This breathtaking 12th century feudal structure occupies a small island, surrounded by wide moats and an English-style park. It is more famous, however, for its most famous occupant Charles Louis de Secondat. This future member of the Bordeaux parliament was born here. He later moved to Bordeaux, where he was known as Baron de Montesquieu. He wrote "L'esprit des lois" in this chateau, a text that was fundamental in the development of modern democratic systems.
Reviewed 26 October 2014

The tour in French was brief and to the point. We used the English handout and were not standing around waiting for a long winded guide to finish. Nice rooms with furnishings from the family and Montesquieu's residence. Pretty from the outside too. However there is a separate entrance fee for the gardens.

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Reviewed 5 August 2014

visited this home of Montesquieu, one of the most influential - if not THE most influential - thinkers on democracy and separation of powers. We could only visit the Chateau if we joined a tour, only offered in French, sadly including two young children using the antique furniture as a swing set. While the guide covered the requisite superficial information about the residence and the Montesquieu lineage, there was little/no education about the impact this man has had on the world, his writings, how he shaped American history. I went there to be inspired and left feeling very sad that the French Ministry of Culture made nothing of the opportunity to influence visitors. Even making his books available for purchase in multiple languages in the small ticket hall would have been helpful. A woeful experience at best (perhaps they hired the same leisure consultants as those who ignore the global marketing opportunity of Robin Hood in Nottingham?).

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Reviewed 30 June 2014

we liked and disliked equally the fact the guided tour in French - made us work on our language skills

1  Thank michaelmal1
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Reviewed 7 August 2012

This is a fantastic place to visit, the chateau is atmospheric and holds it's history palpably. It is worth checking the times of the guided tour which is in French (with a booklet in English) as access to the chateau is only during the tour times but the grounds are beautiful to walk around and you can take some great photos of the chateau from the here. The small child with us was fascinated by the fish in the moat and something in the library (won't spoil it) but at 18 months, the tour may be just a little long. Having said that, we three adults thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

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Reviewed 13 June 2012

Where great minds meet. You can still feel the presence of Montesquieu. I loved the library with its ceiling made of chestnut tree wood. The garden breathed serenity.

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